Founded by Alexander and Jeannette Golitzin, its first vintage was in 1979 and its premium red wines quickly gained attention beyond the state’s border. The family had a bit of notoriety then. Alexander’s father was a descendant of the winemaker to Russian Czar Nicholas II but he and his wife had to flee Russia at the outbreak of the Russian Revolution in 1917. Alexander, born in Paris, came with his family to California after World War II. One of the first person’s they reunited with was Alexander’s uncle, the legendary Andre Tchelistceff, a Russian émigré.